Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Introducing the Yanaizu Naked Man Festival On the evening of January 7th every year, crowds of men, dressed only in loincloths, get ready for Yanaizu’s Naked Man festival or Hadaka Mairi (Literally translates as ‘Naked Temple Visit’). They cleanse their bodies, and march through the streets of Yanaizu to Enzoji Temple, almost completely exposed toContinue reading Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

One of the questions I am asked the most frequently is how to reach Ouchi-juku, especially during the annual snow festival held in this historic post-town. The information about accessing this festival is predominantly written in Japanese, so I thought I would post this blog article about how to access the festival. Next year’s SnowContinue reading Getting to Ouchi-juku Snow Festival 2018

Historic Kabuki Performances Held in Hinoemata Village

This Friday a kabuki performance will be held at the magnificent open-air Hinoemata Kabuki Stage! What is Kabuki? Kabuki is a form of Japanese theatre born in the Edo period. It is different from Noh and Bungaku – the other 2 traditional forms of theater โ€“ through its use of vibrant costumes and make up,Continue reading Historic Kabuki Performances Held in Hinoemata Village

Watching Exhilarating Samurais on Horseback – Soma Nomaoi

Last weekend I visited the Soma Nomaoi Festival. This 3-day festival takes place during the last weekend of July every year, and is centered around 3 main shrines in Minami Soma and Soma. It is thought that the festival has its roots in a local tradition from the 10th century, when horses were chased andContinue reading Watching Exhilarating Samurais on Horseback – Soma Nomaoi